Kidney biopsy

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Hello, I am probably going to be having a kidney biopsy sometime soon.

I have read that I have to lie on my back for 4 hours afterwards. I have breathing issues and can't breathe properly lying on my back unless I am propped up.

Do you think I won't be able to get the biopsy?

  • Hi Lucy, I hope that you are doing as well as can be expected.

    I had my biopsy about a year ago and recall lying totally flat for about an hour,  I could then have my head raised a little to have a drink. I would ask your macmillan nurse who should be able to enquire with the hospital……they must have come across this before

    Let us know what they say.

    Take care,  Jules xx

  • Thank you. I don't have a Macmillan nurse yet.

  • Hi - I had a kidney biopsy in Oct 2021.  Lying on your back afterwards (yep, 4 hours for me) is to help stop localised bleeding at the biopsy site, I think.  I wouldn't have thought it was a show stopper. I am sure the hospital will be able to manage it appropriately.  

  • I too have breathing issues (COPD) and had a biopsy at the beginning of January. Yes i had to lie on my back for a number of hours but they spoke to me beforehand and I was given pillows to prop me up just far enough to make me comfortable.